Defensive end Adam Carriker completed a dominant
One of the top defensive ends in the nation, the 6-6, 295-pound Carriker boasted a unique combination of size, speed, strength and agility that allowed him to control the line of scrimmage. Carriker regularly showed the ability to apply pressure to the quarterback and stop the run while taking on multiple blockers from his base end position.
Carriker finished the season with a team-leading seven sacks and ranked second on the team with 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. His 52 total tackles led all
The Kennewick, Wash., native was at his best late in the year, notching six of his sacks and nine of his tackles for loss in the season’s final six games. During the late-season stretch, he tied his career-high of two sacks against both
Carriker was honored for his strong senior season. In addition to his selection as Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, Carriker was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by several sources, including the Big 12 Coaches and the Associated Press. He was also a third-team All-America selection by Rivals.com.
The strong senior season put Carriker’s name in a prominent position in the NU record books. He finished with 41 career tackles for loss to rank fifth in the program’s history. Carriker has 20.5 career sacks to rank sixth on the Cornhusker charts.
Carriker opened the year in strong fashion, notching a sack on the opening series of the game against Louisiana Tech. He finished the contest with three tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and two quarterback hurries. Carriker tied for the team lead with six tackles against
Carriker posted one of the top outings of his senior season in a 39-32 Husker overtime victory over
Carriker experienced one of the finest games of his career at
Carriker had a big game as
Carriker began his junior season by notching two of the Huskers’ school-record tying 11 sacks in the team’s 25-7 win over Maine. His sacks accounted for 13 yards in losses. He added another sack in Nebraska’s next win, a 31-3 decision over Wake Forest, then produced the finest game of his career during the Huskers’ 7-6 win over Pittsburgh.
Carriker proved to be a disruptive force all game against the Panthers. He tallied a career-best four tackles for loss for 26 yards and had two sacks of Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko. He made seven total tackles, while adding a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup, and earned ABC/Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game honors.
Carriker added single sacks in games against Texas Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas State, before sharing a sack with Barry Cryer in the regular-season finale at Colorado. Despite the attention from opposing defenses, Carriker continued to make an impact late in the season.
He recovered his first career fumble against Kansas and made six tackles. A week later, Carriker had a career-best five quarterback hurries in Nebraska’s win over Kansas State, and added a pair of tackles for loss in the contest. He capped the regular season with a four-tackle effort at Colorado, as Nebraska posted a dominant 30-3 victory.
Carriker capped the year with one tackle in the Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan. Overall, Carriker had at least one tackle for loss in nine of 12 games and had six games with multiple tackles for loss.
He opened the year as Nebraska's starter at right end and made four tackles, including a pair of sacks for 14 yards, against Western Illinois. Carriker then suffered an ankle injury against Southern Miss, forcing him to sit out the Pittsburgh game the ensuing weekend. He was slowed with the injury for much of October, accumulating just three combined tackles against Kansas, Texas Tech and Baylor.
Carriker returned to near full strength late in the season and responded in strong fashion, making 28 tackles in the season’s final five games. He had a career-high nine tackles at Kansas State, followed by five tackles and a season-high four quarterback hurries in a 24-3 win over Missouri. He added six tackles and a sack at Iowa State and five tackles at No. 2 Oklahoma.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Kennewick HS)
He was a three-year starter at quarterback and served as a team captain three years. He ran track one year and earned all-conference baseball honors three times as a designated hitter and first baseman. Academically, he was named to the Principal’s list. Carriker attended Big Red Football School in 2001, and also visited Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State before choosing the Huskers.
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, none
2005 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan: Tackles, 1 UT, 0AT, 1TT, 2 QB Hurries
2006 Cotton Bowl vs. Auburn: Tackles, 3 UT, 1 AT, 4 TT, 1-9 TFL, 1 Sack